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MURPHY DEFENDS SPENDING $1M ON NEWARK OFFICE

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Gov. Phil Murphy's got reno plans, and a big budget. The new office he's eying in Newark will cost taxpayers $1 million — and "the state will technically pay rent to the Economic Development Authority," Brent Johnson writes. That's the same EDA that a Murphy-led audit rebuked for mismanagement of $11 billion in tax breaks. (NJ.com / ProPublica)

RARITAN VALLEY LINE: OFF-PEAK SERVICE RETURNS TO NYC

Yestrday, Gov. Murphy announced the return of direct, mid-day service to Manhattan on the Raritan Valley Line. It was suspended in September 2018 to install Positive Train Control. (Officials also commented on an insufficient number of engineers.) “The staffing and equipment required for reliable and sustainable service have been secured," Murphy said. (TAPinto Westfield).

FORMER GOV. WHITMAN COMPARES TRUMP TO HITLER

"#Hitler has nothing on #Trump," former Gov. Christie Whitman tweeted yesterday with the hashtag #TrumpVideo, referring to a New York Times reportthat revealed how "right-wing provocateurs and Trump allies" created a fake video that shows the president killing Democratic lawmakers and journalists. It was played at a campaign event at a Trump-branded Miami resort last week. Whitman, a Republican, served as governor from 1994 to 2001. (The Record)

AFTER GIRL, 10, DIES ON RIDE, STATE LAUNCHES PROBE

Officials have released more details about an accident that left a 10-year-old girl dead in Deerfield Township this weekend. She was somehow flung from an amusement park ride run by an operator — Skelly's Amusements of Williamstown — that has managed other fairs and carnivals across the state. The state Department of Community Affairs is investigating. (Patch / NJ.com)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • $200M, jailed immigrants and Essex County under fire (New York Times)
  • U.S. House to hold hearing on lead contamination in water in NJ (NJ.com)
  • Cultures clash over whose day is Columbus Day (TAPinto Newark)
  • Former police chief to be retried on hate crime charges (NJTV News)
  • Food handler with Hepatitis A may have exposed others (NJ.com)
  • In Paterson, lead in water is game of 'Russian roulette' (Paterson Press)
  • Rutgers–Camden bans student after 'disturbing' posts (TAPinto Camden)
PLUS:
  • Linguistics researchers work to ensure free flow of information (MSU)

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